7. The Role of Bacterial Agents in the Pathogenesis of Canine Atopic Dermatitis

  1. Chiara Noli2,
  2. Aiden Foster3 and
  3. Wayne Rosenkrantz4
  1. David H. Lloyd

Published Online: 25 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118738818.ch7

Veterinary Allergy

Veterinary Allergy

How to Cite

Lloyd, D. H. (2013) The Role of Bacterial Agents in the Pathogenesis of Canine Atopic Dermatitis, in Veterinary Allergy (eds C. Noli, A. Foster and W. Rosenkrantz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118738818.ch7

Editor Information

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Author Information

  1. Department of Clinical Sciences and Services, Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672419

Online ISBN: 9781118738818



  • antipruritic shampoo;
  • bacterial agents;
  • canine atopic dermatitis (CAD);
  • pruritus;
  • S. pseudintermedius


Although evidence of the involvement of bacteria in canine atopic dermatitis (CAD) is still fragmentary there is an increasing volume of data, which is helping us to build a picture of the range of microbial activities that may be involved in its pathogenesis. This chapter reviews knowledge of the involvement of bacteria in the pathogenesis of CAD, focusing on the pathogenic staphylococci such as staphylococcus pseudintermedius. Two studies indicate that shampooing is beneficial in dogs. In one of these, there was a reduction in pruritus in dogs with allergic or idiopathic pruritus treated with an antipruritic shampoo. In the other study, a medicated shampoo was compared with the shampoo vehicle alone in dogs with mild to moderate allergic pruritus and both treatments gave reductions in pruritus.